Joe Hart's first impressions of Ben Siegrist; addresses Celtic competition

By John McGinley

July 3, 2022

Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart recognises Ben Siegrist is coming in to improve Ange Postecoglou’s squad and is firmly focused on his own game rather than chat about who will or won’t be number one.

Hart has been around the block a bit and has had plenty of goalkeeping competition over the years, both as a club’s first-choice pick and as part of a wider pool.

He fully understands the situation our new Swiss signing is coming into but has insisted he’s only focused on what he can do heading into the new season.

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Asked about the initial few days of training with Siegrist, Hart told Celtic TV: “Yeah, he’s been great. He’s a familiar face with what he did at Dundee United. He’s a big, welcoming guy.

“I think it’s important that we all work together. We appreciate everyone coming in is coming in to make the group better.

“Big Benj is no different, he’s going to improve us as a squad. You can only welcome that.”

Hart was then asked about dealing with the competition Siegrist brings, responding: “I’ve always had the same mentality. It’s not about Benj, it’s not about Scott [Bain]. It’s not about anyone else.

“I can only do what I can do. That’s literally all I can do. I can put myself in the best position, I can look after myself as best I can. I can train, work and play to the best of my ability.

“That’s all I’ve got to offer. I’ve got nothing else to offer. So that’s what I focus on.”

The perception from outside football clubs can be that goalkeepers are working against each other for a spot in the manager’s team. It’s often framed as being adversarial.

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However, Hart will have a closer relationship with Siegrist, Bain and Tobi Oluwayemi than anyone at the club given how much time they spend together training and improving.

Hart knows he has to stay sharp to stay in Postecoglou’s team, with the manager not playing favourites. Siegrist’s presence will help him with this in his second season at the Bhoys.

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